Luminaria at Meissner Nordic | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

Luminaria at Meissner Nordic

Participants will be treated to a dragon sighting when they reach the shelter.

Nordic skiing on the night of the Luminaria just got even more magical. The event—in which people light hundreds of candles inside paper bags and line the trail to the Meissner Shelter—is an annual tradition and one of the Meissner Nordic Ski Club's biggest fundraisers. But this year, participants will be treated to a dragon sighting when they reach the shelter.

Luminaria at Meissner Nordic
Josh Cook
Volunteers work on the giant snow dragon.

On Feb. 1 and 2, local Josh Cook spearheaded the effort to build a 75-foot-long snow dragon—complete with a fire-breathing mouth—with the help of about 100 volunteers.

"Without three dedicated snow cat sessions, we couldn't have made the dragon like she is," Cook told the Source. "A huge shout out to the cat guys!"

So now, on top of enjoying a bonfire at the shelter, participants will have a piece of living art to enjoy.

The Luminaria starts at 5:30 and goes til 9 pm. When parking at Meissner Sno Park fills up, people can park at Swampy Sno Park and catch a shuttle to Meissner.

Meissner Nordic Community Ski Trails (starting at Virginia Meissner Sno Park)
Sat., Feb. 8. 5:30-9pm.
Cascade Lakes Highway
Donations welcome; Sno Park permit required

About The Author

Nicole Vulcan

Nicole Vulcan has been editor of the Source since 2016. While the pandemic reduced "hobbies" to "aspirations," you can mostly find her raising chickens, walking dogs, riding all the bikes and attempting to turn a high desert scrap of land into a permaculture oasis. (Progress: slow.)
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